Source: Xinhua Updated: 2013-07-12
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang(R) shakes hands with Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan during their meeting in Beijing, capital of China, July 11, 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)
Chinese premier Li Keqiang on Thursday pledged to strengthen cooperation with Nigeria and inject vigor into China-Africa relations during a meeting with Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan.
Li pointed out during the meeting that China is a developing country with the largest population in the world while Nigeria is a developing country with the largest population in Africa.
Both are facing the tasks of speeding up development and improving peoples' welfare, he said, noting that mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries has advanced ahead of cooperation between China and other African countries.
China is willing to work with Nigeria to deepen political mutual trust and strengthen cooperation in various fields including trade and investment, infrastructure construction, energy, agriculture and culture, so as to achieve sustainable and healthy development of the two countries' relations, according to the premier.
China is a reliable friend of Africa and has always supported peace, security and development of the continent, Li said, adding that the international community should fully respect African people's own ways of solving their problems, make concrete efforts for African development and for advancing peaceful dialogues regarding hot issues and play a constructive role in promoting Africa's peace and development.
China is ready to work with African countries to inject vigor into a new type of China-Africa strategic partnership, he added.
Jonathan said Nigeria attaches great importance to developing relations with China and commended China's important efforts in safeguarding world peace, stability and development.
He thanked China for its assistance to Africa and voiced hope for expanded contact and cooperation between the two countries, progress in developing bilateral relations and positive contributions for Africa-China ties.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (2nd R) meets with Nigerian President Goodluck Ebele Jonathan (2nd L) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, July 11, 2013. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)